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Posted by Ossian, on 2008-01-08 16:33:21
SET BUILDING DVD and/or BOOK
A while back I saw a DVD for sale concerning "stop-motion set building." I returned recently and the item was no longer available. So I was wondering if there were any DVDs or good books available on "stop-motion set building". Thank you again for your time.
Posted by Strider, on 2008-01-08 21:57:18
Wow... I wonder what that was? I've never heard of a DVD or book on the subject. Hard to imagine it being possible to cover such a vast subject in any kind of depth in a single book or DVD, though possibly something that touches on some of the related skills and gives a generalized overview.
You're probably already well aware of this, but I'll just run it down again for those who might not have delved into the depths of the forum (where all the best info is stored) -
Stopmotion in all its many and varied aspects (including setbuilding) consists of a massively broad base of skills and related technologies, with no real possiblily of any book being able to cover more than a fraction of them. It's necessary if you want to learn about it to delve into similar related topics; for instance wargaming miniatures, model railroad construction techniques, dollhouse construction and wiring, full size set building for Hollywood style movies, as well as any other type of construction and miniature techniques you can think of.
Then to pull it all together and to get some good perspective on it from people who have done it for stopmotion, the best resource is (come on, say it with me.... ) this website. Nick Hilligoss in particular has written volumes in these hallowed black pages about his methods (learned originally in the rigorous world of stagecraft, where they use similar but full-sized techniques). The best way to find his posts on the subject is to settle in for an evening or two and start poring over the Setbuilding forum. Scan through any threads that sound interesting, in particular if Nick was the last responder, or those that have more than 1 or 2 responses. You'll occasionally run into duplications, as he has written basically the same answers over and over, each time with a bit less detail. This is true for a lot of info on this message board - that's why I recommend going back to the older posts from the early days (back in the dim ancestral past of the 1990's! :o ). And if you can't see the older threads, follow the advice here to reset your viewing options: http://www.stopmotionanimation.com/dc/dcboard.php?az=announcement&id=51
I've already done a good deal of that research and posted the results in the Handbook under the setbuilding section, that would be an excellent pl;ace to start your search for arcane knowledge: http://www.stopmotionanimation.com/handbook/10.htm - but bear in mind, some of the links are old and have doubtless gone dead, as is the norm for the internet. Don't let that stop you,,,, do some creative Google searching for related subjects and, when you run across something good, bookmark it, or better yet copy and paste it into your Documants folder in case it ever does a disappearing act in the future. And it would be even better if you could also share any findings here with the stopmotion community.
Posted by Graeme, on 2008-01-09 06:14:25
I came across these in a model materials shop
Advanced terrain Modelling - Richard Windrow
terrain modelling by the same guy
Although not specificaly for stop motion they are a good grounding in the basic techniques to make natural looking external textures etc.
I found the buiding sets section in the StopMotionAnimation.com handbook very useful starting out.
Posted by youneekusername, on 2008-01-09 02:36:12
I'm with Strider on this one. I kind of doubt there would be a DVD on just set building for stop motion because there are so many different types of sets one could build that it would be impossible to include them all - even on a DVD.
What you might find helpful though (as far as DVDs go) is buying your favorite stop motion film on DVD and check if there are "extra features". If there are, there's usually a "making of" section where they might cover things such as the building of the sets and many other things too like puppets, camera, lighting...and the list goes on.
Sets aren't all too complicated to build, honestly. You can use just about anything to make them. I also agree with Strider on his point of looking for Nick H's posts because he had some fairly in depth ones about others asking similar questions about sets.
I find puppets a harder skill to master than sets.